, 2022-12-06 19:22:22,
A disagreement over whether a resolution calling for a special election could be discussed during an open meeting pitted the Tahlequah mayor against city council members and other officials.
The Tahlequah City Council, during a Dec. 5 meeting, finally passed a resolution calling for a special election in 2023. But that only happened after Mayor Sue Catron tried to get those with questions to speak to Committee members. Tahlequah Charter Revision Committee.
The special election was to vote for a mayor and council members for Districts 3 and 4 on February 14. City Attorney John Tyler Hammons said the resolution was presented to the board on behalf of the committee.
“The committee began meeting in June 2020 and discussed how to make the necessary changes to the charter. There are eight recommended changes before you and I’m happy to present them to you tonight,” Hammons said.
The first proposed change would allow residents to consider charter amendments at any general or special election, rather than once every four years. The board seemed to have no problem with the idea. The second proposal would increase the number of councilors in each ward from one to two, meaning there would be a total of eight councilors.
Hammons explained how and when each candidate/counselor would be chosen in the future.
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